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Book Title: Jacques the Fatalist|
The author of the book: Denis Diderot
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Date of issue: 1986
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Read full description of the books Jacques the Fatalist:Alternate cover for 0140444726.
Jacques The Fatalist by Denis Diderot. New York. 1986. Penguin. 1st Penguin Classic Paperback Edition. Introduction and Notes By Martin Hall. Translated From The French By Michael Henry. 261 pages. The cover shows a portrait of Diderot by L. M. van Loo,
in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (photo: Giraudon). 0140444726... Denis Diderot is among the great writers of the Enlightenment and in Jacques the Fatalist he challenged the artificialities of the conventional French fiction of the period. The world of Jacques is not a fixed and settled one where events are easily assessed and interpreted; on the contrary, it is a world of dizzying variety and unpredictability. For nothing is quite as it seems and an alarming proliferation of anecdotes, characters and philosophical problems continues to spring up around the apparently central theme of the relationship between Jacques and his master, in a skilled and devastating assault on the supremacy of the stylized novel. '[A] feast of intelligence, humour and fantasy. . . Without Jacques le Fataliste the history of the novel remains obscure and incomplete. . . its true greatness is only perceptible when it is placed beside DON QUIXOTE, TOM JONES or ULYSSES' - Milan Kundera.
Read information about the authorDenis Diderot was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He was a prominent persona during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder and chief editor of and contributor to the Encyclopédie.
Diderot also contributed to literature, notably with Jacques le fataliste et son maître (Jacques the Fatalist and his Master), which emulated Laurence Sterne in challenging conventions regarding novels and their structure and content, while also examining philosophical ideas about free will. Diderot is also known as the author of the dialogue, Le Neveu de Rameau (Rameau's Nephew), upon which many articles and sermons about consumer desire have been based. His articles included many topics of the Enlightenment.
As a philosopher Diderot speculated on free will and held a completely materialistic view of the universe; he suggested all human behavior is determined by heredity. He therefore warned his fellow philosophers against an overemphasis on mathematics and against the blind optimism that sees in the growth of physical knowledge an automatic social and human progress. He rejected the Idea of Progress. In his opinion, the aim of progressing through technology was doomed to fail. He founded his philosophy on experiment and the study of probabilities. He wrote several articles and supplements concerning gambling, mortality rates, and inoculation against smallpox for the Encyclopédie. There he discreetly but firmly refuted d'Alembert's technical errors and personal positions on probability.
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